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Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

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  1. photomadnz
    I went for a 2 hour walk today beside busy roads. Yes I could hear cars but only just! And that's not because I was drowning out everything with excessive volume. They are not completely isolated but if you have a proper fit then they are no where near as noisy as Id read by others previous to purchase. I would have no hesitation in wearing these in public areas.

    Man they sounded good too.... The whole system of these, and the Sony ZX300 on balanced are starting to sound unbeatable now....
    Last edited: May 21, 2018
  2. photomadnz
    i had some Spiral Dot buds arrive from Japan today to try something else as an alternative to the Sony hybrid tips. Amazing the difference it makes. The Sony tips give the lovely full sound Im used to now but putting the JVC's on loses a lot of that warmth and lightens the 'heft' of the phones in general. Would maybe suit someone that likes a more neutral sound but Im not a fan....
  3. zYapz
    hello guys, my earphones just spoiled, previously ue900s. since ue didnt come out with new universals, im considering ex1000, xba z5 and fitear f111, which one do u guys think would suit me better? im open to other iems too. thanks
  4. Marvellous_DAP
    All 3 will suit you.

    On further thoughts. Maybe all 3 won’t suit you.

    If I were you, I will buy another UE900s. Probably safest bet since that’s the only certainty for you.

  5. Redcarmoose
    Also there are two styles of hybrids, thick and thin styles. Also new are the Triple Comfort Tips.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2018
  6. zYapz
    im not sure. im looking for an upgrade at the same time though, i will feel weird if i buy back the same earphones, although i would of course, love them.
  7. Marvellous_DAP
    Precisely. If you are not sure, you need to do your audition to be sure, so that it is indeed your "upgrade". All 3 IEMs you listed has totally different sound signature.

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  8. mochill
    Periodic audio BE
  9. Wiz33
    Coming from the UE900, the Bass in the Z5 will have a lot more presence when properly driven. There is just no way that BA bass driver can move the same amount of air mass as a 16mm dynamic driver . The EX1000 is too colored for my ear and does not have a good bass curve. it's mid and high is really bright and does have more sparkles but can be fatiguing for prolong use. no experience with the 111 at all. A lot depends on your pllayback device. What were you driving the UE900 with?
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2018
  10. zYapz
    the sony zx300
  11. Wiz33
    ZX300 is perfect for the Z5, I use a PHA-2A at home and the ZX300 while on the go. You going to run SE or balance?
  12. zYapz
    balanced. i have a PlusSound Exo terminated with 4.4mm at home. but the normal mmcx is able to fit the z5 right? coz i heard that it does need a special mmcx with a lock or something.
  13. deafdoorknob
    regular mmcx is fine as long as it is not pre bent, effect audio pre moulded ones are not comfortable to wear at all with the z5
  14. Redcarmoose
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2018
  15. zYapz

    this is my cable. but that is a pre bend right?
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